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Florida Schools Provide Between-Meal Fresh Produce Snacks

Twenty-five Florida schools are participating in a USDA funded program that brings fresh produce snacks to schoolchildren between meals twice a week, reports Children at each school are given healthy snacks between meals, usually mid-morning and afternoon after physical education, art or music classes. The program had been in place in eight states since the 1990s, but the recently passed Farm Bill expended it to all 50. The idea is to introduce children to alternative, healthier snacks. How they serve the food is up to individual schools. At Hammett Bowen school in Ocala, cafeteria workers put the fruits and vegetables into bowls at a “Refuel Station,” from where students take them back to their classrooms.

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